Science, Art and IT Technician, Geneva, Switzerland

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Geneva English SchoolGeneva, Switzerland
Date posted:
Start date: 24.8.2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Role

This is a new position at GES, made necessary by our growth towards an all-through school (3 – 18). For September 2020, we foresee the need for technical assistance in Science and Art & Design at the Secondary, and in Information Technology across both the Primary and Secondary. 

The Technician will work for the Head of Secondary Science, Head of Secondary Art and Design, and the Head of Computing and Digital Strategy and his/her time will be divided between these three areas.

As the School grows and expands, the role will evolve and depending on the skills of the successful candidate, this could mean moving more towards Science and Art & Design, or alternatively more towards IT.

Science, Art & Design and Information Technology at GES

Our approach to Science is active and ‘hands-on’, rooted in the belief that curiosity about the natural world, insight into how the world and the universe work, and appreciation of the relevance of scientific exploration to everyday life are what provide the motivation to discover and to learn. We use an enquiry-based approach that encourages questioning, experimentation, and an understanding of the way in which scientific concepts and methods link different disciplines and subject areas together.

We have a well-equipped, high-specification laboratory with an adjacent preparation room. For September 2021, we will need to provide a second laboratory, and further spaces will be needed as the School grows. 

In Art and Design, pupils are encouraged to explore and develop their skills across a range of disciplines – including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking and textile design – creating a portfolio of work that demonstrates both the creative process and ability in a variety of techniques. By studying the work of artists, designers and craftspeople, pupils develop their understanding of visual expression and communication and find inspiration for their own work.

We seek to integrate digital and information technology into every aspect of school life, from learning and research to communication and sharing ideas. We acknowledge the huge potential of technology and the wonderful creativity it can bring, whilst also being aware of its risks. Our aim is to adapt to technological change, continuously developing a digital strategy that benefits every member of the school community.

There is a growing network of Apple MacBooks and iPads across the School, served by fast Wi-Fi throughout the buildings. Computing forms part of the compulsory curriculum for all pupils to the age of 16.

In order to manage our computer network and IT resources, we currently work with local consultancies and providers, who provide technical support as necessary.

Key responsibilities

  • Work closely with and take direction from the Head of Secondary Science, Head of Secondary Art and Design, and the Head of Computing and Digital Strategy, dividing your time according to an agreed weekly schedule
  • Provide technical assistance for the teaching and learning of Science and Art & Design in the Secondary, including extracurricular science and art/design/creativity clubs
  • Provide technical assistance for the use of digital technology by pupils, teachers, learning assistants and members of the administrative/support staff throughout the School
  • Working in collaboration with colleagues, contribute to the development of systems and of the working and educational practices of the School
  • Act in accordance with the policies of the School and in particular with the principles laid down in the Staff Handbook, Staff Code of Conduct, ICT Acceptable Use Policy and Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

Person specification

We keep an open mind in the consideration of any applicant who believes they have something special and valuable to contribute.

Essential

  • Highly developed practical skills and the ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
  • An interest in education and working in a school
  • An interest in Science, Art & Design and Information/Digital Technology
  • A good level of proficiency in English
  • The ability to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Good time management
  • Flexibility, a sense of humour, and a willingness to be involved in all aspects of school life

Desirable

  • Appropriate qualifications in Science, Art, Design or IT

How to apply

Please submit a completed GES Application Form (available from https://www.geschool.ch/about/work-with-us/teaching-vacancies) to the Head of HR, Ms Aurore Alefsen by email to hr@geschool.ch before 12:00 noon on Monday 2 March 2020. A brief covering letter to the Head and/or curriculum vitae may also be submitted but will not be accepted in place of a complete application form. Interviews will be held at the School on Wednesday 11 March 2020

Safer recruitment

Geneva English School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and enhanced national/international criminal records checks.




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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: 36 Route de Malagny, Genthod, Geneva, 1294, Switzerland. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +41 22 775 0440